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St. Paddy brings the party when you need it most.

2010 HOUSTON PRESS ST. PATRICK'S DAY GUIDE

This year, St. Paddy's Day falls on a Wednesday — three days after the start of Daylight Saving Time. Between the lost hour and the midweek slump, it couldn't hurt to visit your favorite restaurants and bars for some shepherd's pie and a couple of green beers. Abby Downing-Beaver

MARCH 11

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, The Woodlands, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

DJ Allan will play from 9 p.m. to1 a.m. The Goose's Acre will be featuring shot and drink specials all day long. And you can't forget the free pizza buffet at midnight. This is a great way to start your St. Paddy's week.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

www.griffshouston.net

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the St. Patrick's Day Queen Contest at Griff's. Judging will be based on natural beauty, poise, attire and personality. All contestants will have to apply; check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

MARCH 12

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, The Woodlands, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

It'll be half-price shepherd's pies until 6 p.m. and $4 Tuaca Bombs all day. In addition, the pub welcomes the James Reese Band (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.). This is a great funk, soul, rock and jam band that plays at Big Easy and Warehouse Live in Houston.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

www.griffshouston.net

Griff's will hold a greater-Houston-area Irish open golf tournament, better known as Beer, Boobs, Babes and Balls, at Cypresswood Golf Course. There will be a noon tee time and a shotgun start. Griff's will award trophies and prizes for first, second and third places as well as special prizes for Closest to Hole and Longest Drive. You can also come early for a putting contest at 11 a.m. The individual entry fee is $135, and all participants must apply.

Midtown Lounge

2117 Chenevert St., 832-537-5739

Midtown's getting a jump on things with its St. Patrick's Day Bash, which will go from 5 to 9 p.m. The party will feature $3 well drinks, $4 premium drinks and a complimentary cafe. Entrance is free.

MARCH 13

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside Dr., 713-522-2603

www.brianoneills.com

Get ready early for the big day with the

2nd Annual Shamrock Shuffle benefiting Houston's Ronald McDonald House, sponsored by Brian O'Neill's. The Saturday 5K run starts at 10 a.m.

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, The Woodlands, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

The pub holds a Sham'rock' Party where patrons will be wearing green and drinking green beer. DJ Allan will be playing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. for your dancing pleasure, and rumor has it there may be a visit from some Jäger girls with a shot block.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

www.griffshouston.net

Join in for the 13th Annual Irish Stew, Chili and Chicken Cook-off from noon to 7 p.m. Each team will consist of six cooks. Check-in is between 9 and 11 a.m. Participants will supply everything they may need, including propane, and prepare the food, including three gallons of stew or chili and one whole chicken, at Griff's. The entry fee is $15 for one item or $30 for all three. Judging begins at 4 p.m. for chicken, 4:45 p.m. for stew and 5:30 p.m. for chili. The prizes will include: for first place, 12 festival passes and $25 worth of drink tickets for St. Paddy's Day; for second place, six festival passes for St. Paddy's Day; and, for third place, three festival passes for St. Paddy's Day. All participants must apply.

MARCH 14

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, The Woodlands, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

Celebrate "Hair for Charity" Day at the Goose's Acre. Pantene Beautiful Lengths begins at 2 p.m. on the patio. Pantene has partnered with the American Cancer Society to ensure women with cancer can get wigs made from real hair, free of charge if needed. The hair donated must be eight inches long. St. Baldrick's begins at 4:30 p.m. on the patio. Volunteers will shave their heads in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, while family and friends give generously. If you would like to volunteer to shave your head and drum up some sponsorship money, please register at www.stbaldricks.org.

MARCH 15

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, The Woodlands, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

Celebrate with an Irish Whiskey Dinner at 7 p.m. There'll be a delicious four-course meal created by Executive Chef Cory Garrison, accompanied by a tasting featuring five Irish whiskeys. $45 per person includes tax and gratuity.

MARCH 16

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, The Woodlands, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

The Fourth Annual Sexy Kilt Contest starts at 8 p.m. That means it's time to put on that man-skirt; anyone who wants to compete must contact Brandi at brandi@thegoosesacre.com or call 281-466-1502 to register. On the day of the event, contestants must be present no later than 7:30 p.m. in order to register. Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners of the first, second and third places. The Dead Rabbits Irish Rock Band will play during and after the contest.

MARCH 17

Baker Street Pub & Grill

• Katy, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, 281-693-0500

• Rice Village, 5510 ­Morningside Dr., 713-942-9900

Sugar Land, 15970 City Walk Sugar Land, 281-494-0774

• Willowbrook, 17278 ­Tomball Pkwy., 281-517-0828

• The Woodlands, 25 Waterway Ave. The Woodlands, 281-362-7431

www.bakerstreetpub.com

Offering green beer and live music with no cover at five area locations.

The Bronze Peacock@ House of Blues

1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837

www.houseofblues.com

Come to the House of Blues for the Houston Press St. Patty's Day Ballyhoo Bash with Sideshow Tramps, Come See My Dead Person and DJ Dave Wrangler. The doors open at 4 p.m. The event is free.

Bullpen Pizza & Sports Bar

14019 Southwest Fwy., ­Sugar Land, 281-242-0190

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the Bullpen is featuring a live band, beer and drink specials, a $6.96 corned beef sandwich and a $9.95 corned beef dinner.

Centerfolds

6166 Richmond, 713-952-0799

It's time for holiday specials and Irish buffets at the "executive dining and entertainment" center.

Gold Cup Sports Bar & Gents Club

12747 Northwest Fwy., 713-460-0171

Join them for a celebration featuring Irish buffets, specials and hot entertainers.

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, The Woodlands, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

Doors open at 8 a.m. for breakfast, which will be served from 8 to 11 a.m.; lunch and dinner will be served from 11 to 1 a.m. Live music starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 2 a.m. The McTeggert Irish Dancers perform at noon. Entertainment includes The Tuaca Ice Block, and there'll be prizes and giveaways all day long. There will be plenty of green beer. After 3 p.m., the party is reserved for people who are 21 and older.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

www.griffshouston.net

The 45th Annual Griff's St. ­Patrick's Festival runs all day.

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837

www.houseofblues.com

Green beer, Irish music, and drink specials are the order of the day at the House of Blues. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and BT will perform in the music hall. Tickets start at $20.

Kobain

3720 Raymond, 713-862-9911

kobain.net

The party here starts at noon, with free St. Paddy's Day T-shirts while supplies last. Barbecue, crawfish and a full menu will be available, with prizes and raffles all day. And, of course, there'll be green beer.

Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010

www.luckyspub.com

Lucky's Pub, with more than 80,000 square feet of festival space, is claiming the rights to Houston's biggest St. Patrick's Day party in EADO. With three stages, ten bands, four DJs and no cover, the party opens at 6 a.m. with breakfast served till 10 a.m. (including, of course, Lucky Charms). The bars open at 7 a.m. with green beer specials (two beer gardens), bagpipers and leprechauns. The Buzz broadcasts live from 6 a.m. to midnight and will announce the lineup for Buzzfest and give away the first pair of tickets.

Mezzanine Lounge

2200 Southwest Fwy., suite 150, 713-528-6399Enjoy $4 Irish Car Bombs, $4 Saint Shots and $4 Big ASS Guinness Beers. There will be live music on the patio and karaoke upstairs. No cover.

The 51st Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade

832-978-4192, saintpatricksdayparade.com

A Houston tradition, the 51st annual Houston St. Patrick's Day Parade will be presented by the Houston St. Patrick's Parade Commission. The two-hour event has historically been one of the largest parades of its kind in the U.S. and 127 entries are slated to delight the Irish and Irish-at-heart. The parade will start at noon at Minute Maid Park at the intersection of Texas and Hamilton in downtown Houston, which is also where it will end. This event is free.

The Penthouse Club

2618 Winrock, 713-974-2100

penthousehouston.net

This St. Patrick's Day party features green drink specials, a free Irish buffet and "plenty of Penthouse's famous Happy-Go-Lucky girls." Happy hour is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with $1.50 domestic beer and wells and a free gourmet buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Sherlock's Pub

Clear Lake (no cover), 2416 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, 281-461-4702

• River Oaks (no cover), 1952 W. Gray, Houston, 713-521-1881

• Westheimer ($5 entrance fee, parking lot party), 10001 West­heimer, Houston, 713-977-1857

www.sherlockspub.com

Offering green beer and live music at all three area locations.

Splendor

7440 W. Greens Rd., 281-477-3000

www.splendorhouston.com

Ladies wearing Irish hats adorned with shamrocks will be there to celebrate the day with you.

Taps House of Beer

5120 Washington, 281-701-4248

tapshouseofbeer.com

The party starts at 10 a.m. with a band, raffles and giveaways. There will be food and drink specials all day and green beer galore.

Treasures

5647 Westheimer at Chimney Rock, 713-629-6200

www.treasureshouston.com

It's a special day for drinkers who love their green beer.

Union Bar & Lounge

2708 Bagby, 281-974-1916

www.unionbarhouston.com

The Union Bar's St. Patty's Day party features free barbecue on the patio, $2 green beer, a $1 shot special, $3 green U shots, and $2 and $3 selected beers.

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